Sexual harassment at work under-reported

CAPE TOWN - A coordinator at the Labour Research Service on Thursday said sexual harassment in the workplace is largely under-reported.

The issue was discussed during a seminar in Cape Town as part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

Activists said employers need to do more to uphold the code of good practice on sexual harassment, which provides the right procedures to deal with the problem and prevent its recurrence.

The service's Nina Benjamin said the issue is prevalent in the workplace.

“For example, young women who are working as cleaners or in the hospitality sector might find themselves in a more vulnerable situation.”

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa)’s Gretchen Humphries said, “There’s also a stigma attached to situations involving sexual harassment, which makes it very difficult for someone to come and report their harassment. A lot of the time, the harassment is done by a manager.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)